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Autism Spectrum Disorders, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 18 months
    Duration
University rank #401 (ARWU) Online
The Master of Arts program in Autism Spectrum Disorders is designed to prepare professional educators to work with children and adults with autism spectrum disorders and pervasive developmental disabilities. This graduate level program prepares special education teachers and other disability services professionals to engage in current research-based practices to provide high quality educational programs and services in elementary and secondary schools or in community service agencies.

About

The Department of Special Education believes that children, adolescents, and adults with an autism spectrum disorder have a right to appropriate and adequate services to meet their needs in the home, inclusive preschool, inclusive school, and community settings; they and their families should be empowered to make decisions about services and supports without undue interference from service providers; and they deserve programs that develop skills enabling them to participate fully in family, preschool, school, and community life and enjoy civil rights and personal freedoms as responsible citizens in a free society.

The program offers these options:
  1. Master's degree in Special Education with certification in Autism Grades K-6 or 5-Adult (or the equivalent in other states)
  2. Master's degree only in Special Education with emphasis in Autism Spectrum Disorders
Major Learning Goals

The M.A. degree program has been designed so that graduates can accomplish the following learning goals:

  • promote academic achievement and self-determination by individuals with autism through design of individualized interventions and provision of appropriate supports
  • demonstrate knowledge and application of current evidence-practices as exemplified by reputable research and professional standards to deliver instruction in inclusive environments in public schools and other community agencies
  • collaborate with other professionals and agencies in delivery of services and engage in individual and systems advocacy for individuals and their families, and empower individuals and families to participate in program planning and decision-making
  • reflect in and on practice and respond responsibly to the legal, ethical, social, and cultural issues encountered when working with young children, children, adolescents and adults with an autism spectrum disorder in today’s world

Accreditation

WVU is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), while the program is accredited approved as a teacher education program leading to teaching certification by the West Virginia Department of Education, accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and nationally recognized by the Council for Exceptional Children.

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • Legal/Educational Foundations: Special Education.
  • Internship: Multicategorical Special Education 5-Adult.
  • Designing Supportive Learning Environments for Special Needs.
  • Initial Professional Practice for Special Needs.
  • Co-Planning/Co-Teaching for Inclusion for Special Needs
  • Individualizing Academic Instruction for Special Needs
  • Internship: Multicategorical Special Education K-6

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 18 months
  • Credits
    36 alternative credits

    The MINIMUM time to complete most certification or degree programs in special education is:

    -TWO (2) calendar years at the rate of SIX (6) credits per semester (part-time study – recommended for students who are working full time and/or have extensive family responsibilities)

    -ONE AND ONE HALF (1.5) calendar years at the rate of NINE (9) credits per semester (full-time study- recommended for students who are not employed and/or have minimal family responsibilities.

    The MAXIMUM time to complete required certification courses prior to practicum is TEN (10) years.

    The MAXIMUM time to complete a graduate degree program at WVU (including all transferred courses) is EIGHT (8) years.

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    80

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:

    550

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Schedule IELTS

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3.25

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3.25 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

Requirements for ALL graduate programs:
--Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with minimum GPA* of 3.00 out of 4.0;
--passing scores on a nationally standardized test of academic ability within a 10 year period: 850 (old) OR 280 (new) on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) OR 400 on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) OR passing scores on the Praxis CASE (see below) OR passing scores on Praxis PPST (ONLY if already certified) OR Master’s degree in education or a closely related area from a regionally accredited institution with minimum GPA of 3.25 OR professional certificate or license plus documented two (2) years consecutive teaching or clinical experience within the past 10 years verified by copy of certificate or license plus employer letter;
--Recommendation for Graduate Study (see Program Application Form) completed by a previous course instructor;
--Permission for Field/Clinical Experiences (see Program Application Form) completed by a school administrator.

NOTE: SCHOOL SYSTEMS MAY REQUIRE CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS AND FORMAL BOARD APPROVAL PRIOR TO PLACEMENT.

ADDITIONAL special requirements for ALL certification or certification plus degree programs only:
--passing scores on the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (CASE) test within a 10 year period -- 156 on 5712, 162 on 5722, 150 on 5732; if GRE or MAT scores are provided as national test scores (see above); Core may be WAIVED ONLY IF evidence is provided of prior certification in some area of education OR a Master’s degree from an accredited institution OR a composite score of 25 (26 if enhanced) on the American College Test (ACT) OR a score of 1035 (1125 if re-centered) on the Scholastic Achievement Test (SAT)) OR SAT combined Critical Reading and Math score of 1170 OR passing scores on equivalent tests of reading, mathematics and writing approved in another state.

NOTE: OTHER TESTS MAY BE SUBSTITUTED IF DOCUMENTATION PROVIDED SHOWS CONTENT SUBSTANTIALLY EQUIVALENT TO CASE.

ADDITIONAL special requirements ALSO NEEDED for certification or certification plus degree programs for grades K-6 only:
--prior certification in early childhood education (K-4) or elementary education (K-6 or K-8) (required for K-6 option only);
--prior certification in early childhood education (K-4) or elementary education (K-6) or secondary education (5-9,7-15, 5-Adult) in biology, chemistry, English, general science, mathematics, physics, reading education/specialist, social studies (required for Gifted Education K-12 only).
OTHER special requirements for INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS only:
--TOEFL score: 550 or higher (paper); 215 or higher (computer); 80 or higher (Internet) (non-native English speakers ONLY) OR IELTS score: 6.5 or higher; the English language testing requirement will NOT be waived even for individuals enrolled in the WVU Intensive English Program;
--personal interview (by phone or in person) to verify proficiency in English (non-native English speakers ONLY).

NOTE: U.S. VISA CAN NOT BE ISSUED FOR ONLINE PROGRAMS BUT STUDENTS CAN ENROLL AS RESDIENTS IN THEIR HOME COUNTRIES.
INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE LEGAL RESIDENT ALIENS MAY PARTICIPATE IN ONLINE PROGRAMS IF THEY VERIFY THEIR RESIDENT STATUS.

Getting a Student Visa

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Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    7722 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3861 USD per semester and a duration of 18 months.
  • National Applies to you

    7722 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3861 USD per semester and a duration of 18 months.
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